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Publisher's Summary

2020 Audie Award, Humor

Nick Offerman and his posse of high-profile guests present this series of 12 short stories written in the style of classic kid’s tales, but with a decidedly adult approach.

If children's literature is any guide, we should all be able to magically fall asleep simply by saying goodnight to the things we can see from our beds. But any adult knows that our work anxieties and shameful memories would rather stay up all night and chat. That’s where Offerman and Co. come in—with clever and occasionally downright dark parodies of the classic kids genre. What really happened after Snow White died, from the perspective of the one medically trained dwarf? A naive wizard professor reports back from the trenches of an underprivileged school of magic. A middle-aged man is haunted by the voices of his own aging body. The stories will make you laugh, cry and probably squirm a little.

Performers include: Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Jane Lynch, Aparna Nancherla, Harry Goaz, Mike Birbiglia, Ellen Page, Rachel Dratch, Gary Anthony Williams, Nicole Byer, and Matt Walsh.

Please note that this audiobook contains explicit content.

©2018 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

Our favorite moments from More Bedtime Stories for Cynics

The Acid Reflux Man with Patrick Stewart
Demoting Pluto with Aparna Nancherla
Anjelica Huston as The True Queen
Alia Shawkat as Francine the Frog Lady
Ellen Page as The Giving Child

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About the Host

Best known as the indomitable Ron Swanson in the popular NBC television series Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman is an uncommon quadruple threat: carpenter, comedian, actor, and author. Offerman first hit the New York Times bestseller list with the release of his semi-autobiographical work Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, and followed it up with the best-selling Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers and Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop. Offerman co-wrote and co-narrated the Audie Award winning audiobook The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History with his wife Megan Mullally. Currently he keeps busy producing and hosting a lighthearted crafting competition, Making It, alongside Amy Poehler for NBC.

About the Performer

Patrick Stewart is one of the most acclaimed performers working today, with numerous and varied roles on both the stage and screens big and small. He has been awarded multiple Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Emmy, and Tony nominations for his work. Stewart was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for his performance in James Mangold’s Logan opposite Hugh Jackman. In addition to starring on the Starz comedy Blunt Talk as lead actor Walter Blunt, he also starred opposite Anton Yelchin in Jeremy Saulnier’s genre film Green Room which went to the Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. On Broadway and West End stages, Patrick has also appeared in A Life in the Theatre, The Master Builder, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, and The Tempest. For his acclaimed solo production of A Christmas Carol, Stewart played over 40 characters, garnering an Olivier, Drama Desk, and WhatsOnStage Award.

About the Performer

Academy Award-winning actress and director Anjelica Huston continues her renowned family’s legacy in film. Throughout her career, Huston has received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Maerose Prizzi in the black comedy Prizzi’s Honor, in which she starred opposite Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. In 2005, Huston received a Golden Globe Award for her role in HBO’s original movie Iron Jawed Angels, in which she starred opposite Hilary Swank and Julia Ormond. Her directorial debut was an unflinching adaptation of Dorothy Allison’s best-selling memoir, Bastard Out of Carolina, which garnered Huston critical acclaim. She received an Emmy Award nomination for her work on the controversial drama, as well as a Directors Guild Award nomination. Huston is also a New York Times best-selling author. Her memoir A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York was published in November 2013.

About the Performer

Aparna started out doing comedy in her hometown of Washington DC and now resides in New York City. She is a series regular in Comedy Central’s Corporate and has reprised her role of Anaya in season 3 of HBO’s Crashing. Aparna is also featured in the second season of Netflix’s The Standups. Other television credits include Netflix’s Master of None and Love, HBO’s High Maintenance, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, and Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman. In 2018 she made her feature debut in the Paul Feig movie A Simple Favor. Aparna has been featured on and in NPR, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post Magazine, XM Radio, and Slate V. She can regularly be seen performing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s in LA and NYC. Her debut album Just Putting It Out There was released in July 2016 by Tig Notaro’s label Bentzen Ball Records and hit #4 on the Billboard Comedy Charts. Her TV writing credits include Late Night with Seth Meyers as well as being a regular correspondent/writer on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

About the Performer

Alia Shawkat stars in the Jax Media produced TBS series Search Party which she also produces. She can be seen in Comedy Central’s Broad City, HBO’s Getting On, Amazon's Transparent, and in her best known role as Maeby Fünke in the cult series Arrested Development. Shawkat also starred in Sophie Hyde’s Animals opposite Holliday Grainger which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She can be seen in Ethan Hawke’s film Blaze, in the thriller Green Room, and in the Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow Netflix feature Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Alia's other feature credits include Paint It Black, Nasty Baby, Wild Canaries, Night Moves, The To Do List, The Final Girls, Me Him Her, The Driftless Area, 20th Century Women, and Izzy Gets the F Across Town. Shawkat also lent her voice to the Gimlet scripted podcast Sandra opposite Kristen Wiig and Ethan Hawke. In addition to acting, Alia is a talented jazz singer, pianist, and an accomplished painter and illustrator.

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Probably not for everyone

As the other review shows, this is likely not the Audible Original for everyone. The humor is not rip-roaring or goof-ball style. It's cynical, clipped, and dry. If you find amusement in those styles, then you will love this. More Bedtime Stories for Cynics explores the oddity and satire in being human. Every story is a dark parody about adult life. A man who can't escape his acid reflux, a middle-aged woman looking for love in all the wrong places, a man being haunted and harassed by his aging body, and so many more. These stories are all downright funny and relatable, and read by such a great cast of people. Nick Offerman, Jane Lynch, Ellen Page, and THE Sir Patrick Stewart to name a few. I absolutely recommend giving this a listen if you enjoy satirical adult comedy with a lean toward dry cynicism. This one gets an easy 5 stars across the board from me!

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Hilarious!!!!!

I absolutely love this!!! Funny and dark, which is hard to pull off, in my opinion. Masterfully done!

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Hilarious!

Overall, this is hysterically funny. Th only problem I found was that, at times, the background music and sound effects overpowered the performance and it was very difficult to hear what was being spoken. And I was using high quality professional AKG Noise-Cancelling Headfones, so I'm pretty sure this wasn't a gadget issue. Unfortunately the funniest story of all (I believe it is called The Hook Hand Man or something like that) was the most affected one with that kind of sound mixing problem. The lower the voice pitch of the reader, the more evident the problem showed. It was hardly noticeable during the women's readings, except for Angelica Huston, who had a lower pitch and the issue showed right away. Due to that issue (that happened quite often if I'm being honest) I gave it 4 stars.

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These are my type of bedtime stories!!

These stories were so fun and quirky and went off in unpredictable directions. Reminded me of Roald Dahl a bit. This was a really great suprise. I want to hear more! And I love Patrick Stewart.

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Boring...

I dont understand how this could be so.... boring. Great cast of writers & performers. Stars even. And i love this kind of dry, opposite, Far-Side, adult type humor. But honestly, the writing and stories and side comments weren't funny. Audio performances were excellent, thank you actors! Was it just me then? Fine, I'll listen to the whole thing again another day, and really pay attention. Result: same. Liked the concept & performances. But actual stories were uninteresting and not funny. Sorry, I hate giving bad reviews. But I gotta be honest & fair.

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I laughed through it all!!

Absolute perfection for the true cynic, twisted sense of humorist and just plain fun loving a-hole such as myself. I love me some Nick Offerman. That man is a pure genius on his delivery. ITS A MUST LISTEN.

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Loved it except.....

I loved all the stories except the dog story. Even that one was good, but I cried a lot. If you have recently lost the best woof woof in the world, like I did, it will really hit you square in the heart. If you're ok with crying like a full grown baby, then enjoy. Best wishes to all and sleep well Buddy <3

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Stale, not very cynical

What we have here are a collection of high school creative writing projects, with all the insight and humor that would imply. Even the attempts at being socially relevant (a feminist fairy tale, and a parody of a male midlife crisis) fall flat, when they really should have had a lot of potential. The rest are uninspired, slapdash attempts of observational humor (the labors of dealing with the TSA and boarding an airline... thankfully no peanut jokes). In great abundance, however, are lame puns and a healthy dose of pop culture references, which would be quite stale if not for the self-awareness of the authors, so as to presumably make those cliches "ironic". Maybe that's why they called it "for cynics". I might have expected to be more subversive if it were truly for cynics. Even Offerman doesn't lift the material. Same as usual, making woodworking and manly hobbies into sexual innuendo. Funny the first time maybe, not so much anymore.

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Gems of awkward moments to brighten this weird world

This collection opens strong - and keeps going. Thoroughly enjoyed these and can’t get Mr. Acid Reflux out of my head. Thankfully, not contagious but just contagiously amusing. Great writing and great performances.

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Happily Surprised

This book was an unexpected surprise, I would definitely recommend it to anyone on the fence about it. The stories are great in their own right, but the actors definitely give it life. I admittedly only got this as one of monthly credits, but it's definitely one I'd recommend even buying. You won't regret it.

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